Lapidary Services for the Jewellery Trade
and the General Public : Repair, Repolish and Recut Gems
REPOLISHING OLD WORN GEMSTONES
Repolishing an old worn gemstone can be done in order to remove scratches, chips and generally to improve the appearance of the gem. You might have a gemstone that has been in the family for generations, it might be your grandmother's sapphire or pop's ruby which has been handed down. Sometimes these gems can be very worn and damaged indeed, to the point of despair.
However, you might not have known that it is possible to repolish those treasured gems and give them a completely new lease of life. You'd be surprise at just what I can do to restore such gemstones to their former beauty. Have a look at these examples to see how these old worn sapphires were restored. If you have some gemstones like these that you want restored please don't hesitate to contact me.
Repairing gems can covers things like removing chips and other damage that can occur with gems either through everyday handling or the jewellery manufacture process, especially during the gemsetting stage. Gems get chipped around the girdle or else where if they are dropped or banged against something. Don't despair, often these chips can be repaired without too much pain.
RECUTS AND RESIZING GEMS TO FIT SETTINGS
Recuts normally involve the recutting of badly done commercial or native cut gemstones into correctly angled designs in order to improve brilliance and other attributes. Recutting will always result in a smaller finished gemstone. As an example, if you have a 10mm commercial cut round stone, you might only receive an 8mm precision cut stone back. Much depends on the overall depth of the original stone, the deeper the stone the better. Be sure that you really want a stone recut! Contact me for more information.
Today gemstones represent an excellent investment particularly if you have a good eye for high quality gem rough material. To fully realise this investment however you need the very best quality faceting and polishing. Don't spend hundreds or thousands on a valuable piece of gem rough only to send it to the commercial cutting houses overseas in Asia and the like. The old saying that you get what you pay for applies here, if you want cheap that is what you will get. Have your best gem rough cut properly and maximise your investment.
CUTTING YOUR ROUGH
Yes, I certainly do cut other people's gem rough. Contact me for more information about having your rough stones precision cut. Please provide information like the type of stone you have, quantity and the size in mm or carats. Provide some pics of the rough stones from a number of different angles preferably with a ruler as this will help me get an idea of the size. Ultimately I will need to see the stones in the hand to properly assess the material for flaws, inclusions, shape, etc. Do NOT send me anything without first getting in touch and obtaining the correct postal address to send to. When sending anything to me always make sure that you choose a method that has tracking and signature on delivery. Within Australia I normally use Australia Post's Platinum Post Satchels.
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